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Top 5 Day Trips from Shanghai

There are a lot of different things you can do and see in Shanghai, but if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, here are 5 places you can go in a day from Shanghai.

#1 Suzhou


Source: trekearth

Take a bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, in less than an hour you will reach the beautiful city of Jiangsu. From here you can explore the city or take a taxi or bus to the ancient water town of Tongli. Where you can walk along the canal, lined with shops selling local products and restaurants with local snacks and dishes, at night you can take a cruise down the canal and enjoy the lantern lit view.

#2 Zhenjiang Island 


Source: Wikipedia

The Zhenjiang island was the birthplace of American Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Pearl Buck, and on this beautiful island you will find Jiaoshan park, where you can ride a boat through its canal and enjoy the serene view. The highlight of this park is the Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda, which, if you climb all seven stories you will be treated to a breathtaking view.

#3 Hangzhou


Source: GlobalNetwork

Although Hangzhou definitely deserves at least a weekend of your time. There are still a lot of things you can see in one day. You can start your day by visiting the shops on Qinghefang old street, rent a bike and bike around the different attractions available around the West lake, visit the six harmony pagoda, and end the day with a spectacular music and light show “Impression West Lake”.

#4 Zhouzhuang


Source: Wikipedia

Also located in Suzhou, this water town is in the Kunshan city of Suzhou and is known for their well-preserved homes, strong local colour, and of course it’s canal. The structures here date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, and are very well preserved. You can visit the Chengxu Taoist Temple, walk through the Zhang House, or cross the 12 historic bridges of the canal.

#5 Nanxiang


Source: xinhuanet

One of the must do's in Shanghai is to eat Xiao Long Baos, but if you want to eat the original you need to come to Nanxiang. Recognized as the birthplace of the Xiao Long Bao, the original restaurant Nanxiang Bun Shop is still open today and is a hot tourist spot for foreigners and Chinese alike. Also, this place is accessible directly thought the Shanghai Subway.


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Monica is a Canadian-Chinese travel blogger and marketer that has spent time in Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou,and Xitang, Shanghai. When she isn't watching YouTube videos, you can find her writing or creating videos.


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